Welcome listeners to 5 Questions: A Critical Mass for the Visual Arts Podcast in which we ask 5 questions of our interviewees aimed at positioning and contextualizing their respective bodies of work within the St. Louis artworld.This episode, we’re talking with Lizzy Martinez!
A figurative, Latina artist based in St. Louis, Martinez marries the cultural outputs of the past to talk about her concerns of the present. Lizzy advocates for women’s and animal rights in works that have traditionally given the male advantage, and reflects on both the hardships and accomplishments women face. She channels traditional techniques while considering the human form with a pointed, feminist perspective through symbolism, humor, and tension. An alumni of Boston University and the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation and Brand Boeshaar awardee, Fellow of the VCCA, VSC, and two time RAC Artist Support grantee, Martinez has been reviewed in the Boston Globe and exhibited in Ireland and the United States including Suffolk University, UMSL, BU, as well as the Figge Art Museum, Danforth Museum of Art, and presently the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.
Here’s a brief snippet from the soundscape for Martinez’ exhibition Seeing Red through the Contemporary Art Museum’s Teen Curation program, which opens September 7.
5 Questions is a program by Critical Mass for the Visual Arts – a nonprofit, self-formed visual arts collaborative dedicated to promoting, enhancing and initiating contemporary visual art in the St. Louis region.
with Lizzy Martinez and Joe Kohlburn
Editor – Sarah Hammond
Producer- Brett Williams